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I am totally impressed and amazed. I ordered a pair of knee-high boots from Sodhoppers the middle of February. Paul sent me the casting DVD and instructions March 3, and I sent them off around March 8. They arrived TODAY...and they are perfect.

They fit a treat. As well as my Catskill Mountain mocs (that are D-E-A-D; they are at least 10 years old now), but made out of a heavier leather. And did I mention the *fast* turnaround? My Catskill's took 6 weeks! And this was before they were *so* popular!

Oh, and did I mention how inexpensive (relatively speaking) they are? Let's put it this way: my Catskill's are 5 button (about 2" above the ankle) cost MORE 10 years or so ago then these 8 button (knee-high) mocs cost me this year. (The current price for the Catskill 5 button is almost $50 less than the Sodhopper knee-highs. Just sayin')

They are also a bit "fancier". My Catskill's aren't finished on the top - just a raw edge that's been smoothed out. My Sodhoppers have a neatly sewn, rounded top edge. They're a heavier leather, as well - but they feel buttery soft. The Catskill's are comfortable, but not as soft.

The Catskill's have conveyor belt soles, which are thin and "stealthy". The Sodhoppers have "real" shoe soles - these are the Athletic ones. Stiffer and not quite as "sneaky" - but. The Sodhoppers have integral arch support, the Catskill's have shearling liners. (As I get older, the arch support is *much* more important!)

Now, my Catskill's buttons are a bit heavier-duty - they are copper Celtic ones. My Sodhoppers have nice nickle-ish Thistle buttons. I'm not disappointed - just comparing.

I am very very very impressed. I highly recommend them to *anyone* looking for Ren Boots. Paul is very nice, very helpful - and Very Speedy. I love my Catskill's, don't get me wrong - but I think I'm going to love the Sodhoppers even more.
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Date:March 24th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
If I could manage the 500 bucks I'd order the instructions for making my own from sodhoppers.
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Date:March 24th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
There are some pretty good instructions at Seamlyne under their....design pages. (I couldn't get the link to open to verify it, but it was there 2 weeks ago!) He walks you thru the casting and pattern creating and all.

My problem? I can't translate the 3-D cast into a 2-D pattern. I tried. And tried. Many pieces of cardboard gave their lives needlessly to the cause....

*That's* the other reason I went with Sodhoppers. Paul sent me my pattern back, too......so now I am eyeballing my stag hide and trying to plan the time to make another pair of boots. *g*
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Date:March 24th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Wow! They're cheaper than Turtle Island.

But I gotta say I love my black elkhide w/ rattlesnake and silver buttons...
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Date:March 24th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Yeah - those are cool! I like the way the snakeskin contrasts the leather.

I've been lusting after knee-high boots for years, but couldn't spend the $1K+ Catskill wanted. The IRS is generous (*snerk*) but not That generous!

That's the other thing I like about Sodhoppers - most of the other places charge you for *every* change to their base boot. Paul doesn't. I have slightly fancier trim, and neater buttons, and it wasn't extra. (Catskill charged me $15/button for my Celtic ones - that's why I didn't get fancier boots. I couldn't afford them!)
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